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Pick Your Cell Phone Wisely: Models With The Highest and Lowest Radiation Levels

Almost 5 billion people around the world use cell phones. Yet, scientists do not yet fully understand long-term health risks from cell phone radiation. But recent research has prompted serious concerns about exposure to wireless emissions. Some of the most-hyped phones that have gotten raves from tech experts also give off the most radiation.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna.

Cells in the body react to EMFs as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals. The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical stress response. The scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we must protect ourselves from exposure to EMF due to power lines, cell phones and the like, or risk the known consequences. The science is very strong and we should sit up and pay attention to dangerous radiation levels from cell phones.

A cell phone's SAR, or its Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. All cell phones emit RF energy and the SAR varies by handset model.

For a phone to receive FCC certification and be sold in the United States, its maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. In Europe, the level is capped at 2 watts per kilogram, while Canada allows a maximum of 1.6 watts per kilogram.

The IPhone, Motorola’s Droid, Blackberry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One by Google are among the flashy phones to avoid because all four are pushing the edge of radiofrequency radiation safety limits set by the Federal Communications Commission.

The SAR level listed in the following charts represents the highest SAR level measured with the phone next to the ear as tested by the FCC.

10 Highest-Radiation Cell Phones (April 2011 CNET)
Rank Model SAR (digital)
1 Motorola Bravo 1.59
2 Motorola Droid 2 Global 1.58
3 Sony Ericsson Satio (Idou) 1.56
4 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro 1.55
5 Kyocera Jax S1300 1.55
6 Motorola i335 1.53
7 Nokia Astound 1.53
8 Motorola Defy 1.52
9 Motorola Grasp 1.52
10 ZTE Salute 1.52

10 Lowest-Radiation Cell Phones (April 2011 CNET)
Rank Model SAR (digital)
1 Samsung Blue Earth 0.196
2 Samsung Acclaim 0.29
3 Huawei Ideos X5 0.34
4 T-Mobile Sidekick 4G 0.34
5 LG Quantum 0.35
6 Samsung Haven 0.41
7 Samsung Evergreen 0.41
8 Samsung Captivate 0.42
9 Samsung Smiley 0.43
10 HTC Surround 0.439



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